Of course, I just had to make her little baby a few small things. Remember that owl fabric I got from Spoonflower a couple months ago? Well, it has been sitting patiently all this time, waiting for the perfect project. And here's the perfect project! A "Baby Sleep Sack," a.k.a. "newborn gown thingy-ma-jig" for Pauline's baby girl, Aspen.
|Wide awake owls. For a sleep sack. Hehe. I am so clever and funny.|
I used the pattern from Growing Up Sew Liberated. The neckline is just like the envelope tee, which I tried for Joe a while back, with mixed results as you may recall. But sure enough, with more stable fabrics and a true "rib knit" the results were much better this time. I'm really happy with how this turned out. Spoonflower's organic cotton knit prints are expensive, at least by my standards ($27/yard!), but I will say that they sew up like a dream. Stretchy, yet wonderfully stable under the presser foot. The texture and weight is very forgiving and seams don't seem to wobble or stretch much at all. And of course, the prints just cannot be beat. It's really hard to find interesting printed knits at fabric stores; with Spoonflower, you can even design your own prints! (Not that I have done this, mind you. But you can! It's an option!)
|This neckline turned out so much better than the "Flashdance top" I made Joe!|
This is size 0-6 months, and although I don't have any newborns close by to measure it against, it seems pretty big to me. Definitely closer to 6 months than 0 months. But I'm hoping that's a good thing: Most parents gets heaps of newborn-sized clothes before their baby is born, and fewer bigger clothes, right? It's good to have a few things for baby to grow into.
Before sending this package off, I'm working on another small item to include. I'm excited. More about that soon! Hope everyone is having a nice weekend!
Speech update/random tangent: Joe says "brachiosaurus" now! And I gotta say, it's really pretty hard to be worried about the speech development of a kid who can identify dinosaurs. We're so proud. He regularly uses three word sentences now, and can express a lot of basic and not-so-basic (i.e., wacky and hilarious) ideas. Joe will be getting assessed for school district services in the next couple of months (he ages out of the Regional Center when he turns three in May), and honest to goodness, we will be happy if he qualifies for services (because the services sound awesome and fun) and we will be happy if he doesn't (because that would mean his delay is now considered minor and not warranting intervention).
Basically, Joe's still a bit behind his peers but WOW: he has come a long way in the past eight months!